It was very interesting to read Bill Viola’s account and predictions for the internet and web art dating back to the 1980s, when this technology was still very new to many. Its potential was still unknown and subject to speculation and exploration. From early on, it seemed like the recording was used and understood to document everything. Document life. It was a new approach to art and understanding time and space in real and imaginary space. However, it is not surprising that it was soon realized that life without editing is far less interesting. Video art allowed people to travel through time and create out of order occurrences.
This essay also highlighted the ideas of the web and computers as being a larger space and larger technology tool that is available to the individual to create whatever. It is not this technology that is limiting the user, but it is the artist’s ideas and imagination that limits the capabilities of what is created through and in this new medium. This point equally intrigues me and frustrates me. I do believe that almost anything I can image to create online or on the computer can come to be. Humans have, and continue to invent the most miraculous things. Computer technology and the existence of real, yet infinite imaginary space allow these things. The knowledge of how to use and manipulate these different codes and programs is what limits us and our ability to communicate and connect within this other world and language. The way the author describes this space leads me to imagine the web as an alternate universe that we have relatively recently developed the technology to tap into and move through.